An ironic aspect of the current conflict between Israel and Muslim nations is how similar in beliefs and values are fundamentalist Jews and Muslims. Both regard women as less equal to men, both recent having outsiders intrude into their neighborhoods, both believe they know “the truth” and others will never be able to match them in having a close relation with God. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is attempting to create a city in which those of diverse religions and values are able to respect differences and live in peace with everyone. He found himself in a conflict with ultra orthodox residents in Jerusalem when a parking garage was allowed to open on the Sabbath. An alliance of local residents and orthodox Jews rioted in protest because in their view, either agree with an Orthodox interpretation as to what is allowed or go live elsewhere.
Anger was further sparked after an Orthodox woman was accused of abusing her child which led to rumors the police were abusing the woman. The mayor most probably over-reacted and threatened a halt to municipal services, but the basic problem is some Jews insist they possess the truth as to what constitutes Judaism. We suggest they get together with fundamentalist Muslims and find a nice area in the desert where both sides can live in peace and ensure there will be no gay parades or loud music on holy days. After all, both groups share a hatred of Christians, just declare war on them.